The Maharashtra State Bombay Excessive Court docket on Tuesday granted bail to an Indian Nationwide Congress chief, Sunil Kedar, who was convicted of a financial institution rip-off in late December 2023. Kedar was additionally disqualified from the Maharashtra State Meeting after the conviction.
The Nagpur Bench of the Bombay Excessive Court docket allowed Kedar’s utility for suspension of sentence and suspended execution of his jail sentence imposed by the trial court docket. Nonetheless, the court docket added, “The applicant shall attend the trial Court docket on 1st of each month and the trial Court docket and shall report his presence.” Moreover, he should present his cellphone quantity(s), proof of tackle and particulars of two family members with proof of their addresses. Furthermore, Kedar is just not allowed to depart the appellate court docket’s jurisdiction with out prior permission and can’t apply for exemption except beneath distinctive circumstances.
The trial court docket initially denied Kedar’s preliminary bail plea, main him to enchantment to the excessive court docket.
Sunil Chhatrapal Kedar was disqualified because the legislator of the Saoner Meeting constituency in Nagpur after receiving a five-year jail time period in reference to the Nagpur District Central Cooperative Financial institution (NDCCB) rip-off. The disqualification, efficient from the date of his conviction on December 22, was primarily based on Article 19(1)(e) of the Indian Constitution and Part 8 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951. Kedar’s disqualification dealt a major blow to the Maharashtra Congress within the Vidarbha area, contemplating his influential presence in Nagpur, significantly within the rural areas. The conviction, associated to the two-decade-old NDCCB rip-off, included expenses beneath varied sections of the Indian Penal Code, together with expenses of forgery and dishonest. The NDCCB irregularities got here to mild in 2002, resulting in a protracted investigation that resulted in Kedar receiving a Bombay Excessive Court docket discover in 2014 to pay defaulted dues.
Kedar is a five-time Member of the Legislative Meeting (MLA) representing the Saoner Meeting constituency in Nagpur district of Maharashtra state. He comes from a outstanding political household and is the son of Congress minister Chhatrapal Kedar, also called Babasaheb Kedar.